Montana - Washington - Oregon Family Photo Album - 1907-1960's.
(Montana - Washington - Oregon Family Photo Album Archive) Bollinger, Arthur O. and Beryl (Stevenson). Interesting lot of over 130 black & white photos in various formats relating to Arthur O. & Beryl (Stevenson) Bollinger in Montana, Washington and Oregon, circa 1907-1960s. Arthur O. Bollinger (1876-1966) was a veteran of the Spanish American War, having served as a Corporal in Company B, 160th Regiment, Indiana Infantry. He was working in Thompson Falls, Montana in 1907 when he was courting his future wife, Beryl Stevenson (1890-1973), who was living in Plains, MT. Beryl's mother and other family members were in Aitkin, Minnesota. A.O. and Beryl were married in 1907 and their son, Duane O. Bollinger (1908- 1984) was born the next year. Plains is in Sanders County, Montana, near the upper northwest corner of the state, on the Clark Fork River. Still a small town of slightly over 1,000 residents, the community was known first as Horse Plains or Wild Horse Plains until the post office was established in 1905 and the name was shortened. The Bollinger family was in Plains for several years, although A.O. seems to be away often, mostly in Thompson Falls, perhaps, as several of the photos suggest, working on a harvesting crew. There are several small snapshots showing A.O. Bollinger posed in a Texaco uniform by a Texaco oil truck, which, along with his business card, indicates that he was a Sales Department Agent for The Texas Company (Texaco Petroleum Products) in Newport, Washington. Those photos appear to date circa 1920s. By 1940 A.O., Beryl, and their son, Duane, were living in Brookings, Curry County, Oregon. The 1940 census also indicates that Beryl's older brother, Charles J. Stevenson (1888-1962), was living in the Bollinger household. All four (A.O., Beryl, Duane, and Charles) are buried in the William James Ward Memorial Cemetery in Brookings, OR. The photo collection consists of 40 real photo postcards (RPPCs), 87 snapshots of various sizes, and five mounted photos. In addition, there are twenty-two printed or leather postcards and eight small pieces of ephemera. The RPPCs make up the most significant portion of the collection as it relates to a family in northeast Montana. Included is an image of the Thompson Falls Amateur Base Ball Team in 1907; A.O Bollinger and a friend dressed up in woolly chaps in a studio pose; a street scene in Plains, MT (1907) with signs showing for the Sanders County Signal newspaper office and a general merchandise store with a large clock sign suspended over the boardwalk; a view of Beryl and her two sons (one on a wooden hobby horse); Beryl and a cow; a view postmarked from Plains, MT of several buffalo with a note penciled on the back (1909) that reads, "I'm still in the land of the Buffalo but it is a dead old town now..."; a view looking across the train tracks towards the main street of Plains. MT; a photo of a farmstead sent to Beryl in Blaine, MT from a friend in Thompson Falls, that reads, in part, "We were in court all last week to hear a murder trial - our neighbor & he was freed where he should have gotten life... I must clean house & the weeds in the garden are awful."; several group shots; a threshing crew; two overview RPPC views of Aitkin, Minnesota and one of a passenger train wreck near Aitkin (postmarked May 23, 1908); and a view of a bobcat or lynx, titled in the negative, "Snapped 5 mi N.E. of Atkin, Minn / CP". Many of the other RPPCs are family related views - most with messages on the back which helps with identification. Some of the printed postcards also contain relevant messages which help to place the collection in context. The five mounted photographs date circa 1905 and include two portraits taken by a woman photographer, Miss L. Larson of Plains, MT. The subject in both are little James Alexander Peterson (4 mo 14 days 18 lb), one with his father. Two other hard mount photos are identified as Harry Scott and Christie May, both of Plains. The fifth photograph is a 6 1/2" x 8 1/2" interior view on a trimmed mount of the staff of a restaurant or lunch counter. The snapshots range from circa 1910s through the 1950s. Although many of the people are identified, location ID is often lacking. However, there are several dozen snaps of various sizes of parades (in particular, the Lily Parade in Brookings, Oregon), circa 1950s (?). That part of the southern Oregon coast is known for its lily farms. The collection makes for an interesting study of a western family throughout the first half of the 20th century, and several of the better Montana RPPCs are of great historical importance for what they portray. Vg cond.